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as the wikileaks releases. as always, your calls and questions on mondays "washington journal." monday, after going to secretary tom vilsack gives a speech on global food security. this is a head of the global meeting in paris. he will address the importance of transparent markets for trading foods and agricultural goods at 1:00 p.m. eastern here on c-span. now one prime minister's questions, you'll hear from opposition leader who challenged prime minister david cameron on sentencing and reforming the national health service. this is a little over 30 minutes. way to reach the birth of a new state on july the 9th and the full completion of the comprehensive peace agreement. >> order. questions to the prime minister. jackieoyle price.
>> here, here. >> number 1, mr. speaker. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i'm sure the whole house will wish to join me in paying tribute to the following brave servicemen who died in afghanistan since we last met. kevin fortuna and martin lamb from first battalion the rifles. marine samuel alexander and lance corporal martin gill from 42 commander royal marines and corporal mike pike from the fourth battalion the royal regiment of the scotland. all of them were dicated professionals serving our country. their deaths are a reminder of the very high price we are paying to stop afghanistan for being a haven for terrorists. we honor their memory. we will support their families. we will not forget their service d their sacrifice. >> here, here. >> mr. speaker, i had meetings with ministerial colleagues and others, i will shall have further such meetings this
morning. >> can i associate myself with the prime minister's tribute to our fallen soldiers. we do indeed owe them a great debt. mr. speaker, we are reminded on a daily basis that not everyone in the world is as fortunat as we are in this country and the absolutely horror of the 13-year-old boy who was tortured by the syrian government in the last few weeks. will the prime minister will ensure the international community condemn the action, the syrian government and their reign of terror. >> and about those dreadful pictures of that poor boy. there are credible reports of 1,000 dead and as many as 10,000 detained and the violation being met herb d is completely unacceptable. of course, we must not stand silent in the face of these rages ande won't. in the eu we've already frozen assets and banned travel by
members of the regime and we now added president assad to that list but i believe we need to go further and britain and france will be tabling a resolution at the security condemning the repression and demanding accountability and humanitarian access. and if anyone votes against that resolution or tries to veto it, that should be on their conscious. >> dave miliband. >> mr. speaker, can i join the prime minister in paying tribute to kev fortuna and rifleman martin lamb from first battalion the rifles? lieutenant augusta, mahmoud ahmadinejad samuel alexander and lance corporal martin gill from 42 commando royal marines and corporal michael pike from fourth battalion. they all showed enormous bravery and courage and our thoughts are with their family and friends. and as the prime minister said, these number of deaths once again demonstrates the bravery of all of our forces in afghanistan and elsewhere around the world.
mr. speaker, we read in the newspapers today that the prime minister has torn up the justice secretary's policy on sentencing. has he? >> what we want is tough sentences for serious offenders. this government produced -- we produced a consultation paper a wide consultation paper that had wide consultation and wide support for the proposals it made and in the coming weeks we'll be publishing our legislation. >> ed miliband. >> but, mr. speaker, we read in the newspapers today that the prime time's torn up the justice secretary's proposals because he felt he had to step in and, frankly, i can see why because there is widespread public ncern around this country about this proposal to cut by 50% the sentencing for those who plead guilty. i just ask the prime minister again, the consultationnded in march. the justice secretary was advocating the policy two weeks ago. has he torn it up?
yes or no? >> i think the right honorable gentleman should do something more useful than just read the newspapers. d one response came from his shadow secretary. he said this, it's a perfectly sensible vision for sentencing policy in entirely in keeping with the emphasis on punishment and reform that labor followed in government. why the sudden u-turn? >> ed miliband? >> mr. speaker, he knows and the whole country knows he's in a total mess on his sentencing policies. just like on all of his other crime policy and i now want to ask about another area where he's in a complete mess. can the prime minister tell us why he's made such a mess of his health plans? >> i'm not sure he wants to be
one. on the first subject he was found guil. on the issue of discounts it was actually the last government that introduced a 33% discount on sentences. so there is, as i say, more than a whf of jumping on the bandwagon. anyway, bandwagon number 1 hit the buffers. let's now turn to bandwagon number 2. we are having, yes a review of the plans that we announced in terms of health. we want to get these right and i have to say, again, again, widespread support for the review of our health plans. not at at least for the man sitting down four down from him the shadow health secretary who said this. this is what he said. looking at the evidence of what works, listening hard to those who know the nhs and learning from the views they get, that's not rocket science. it's simply good government.
[applause] >> so what he calls a shambles, the shadow health secretary calls good government. you're not really in command of the ip. >> dave miliband. >> mr. speaker, i asked him why he's made such a mess of his health proposals. the first reason he made such a mess of his health proposals is because of the promises he made before the election. because we all remember the prime minister touring around the country promising no more top-down reorganization. what did he tell the royal college of nursing a year before the election? there will be no more of those pointless top-down reorganizations that aim for change and instead bring chaos. why did he say that? >> well, the royal college of nurses said yesterday that we'd welcome the speech that i made. the point is this. the reason we're able to improve the nhs is not only are we committed to reform, but we're also committed to more funding.
the labour party is in favor of cutting the funding to the nhs and there is -- if he wants to look at what's really happening in the nhs, there is only one part of the country now that is controlled by labour, and that is wales. and in wales wages are massively up and health spending is up. that's what labour would do to the nhs. >> dave miliband. >> i'll tell him why he made promises and they are broke, because he's completely shameless and will say anything. and the second reason -- and the second reason -- and the second reason he made a mess of the health service is because he didn't think the policy through. last june he ordered the nhs to stop enforcing labour's 18-wk waiting time target. and as a result of that, the number of patients waiting more than 18 weeks has gone up by 69%.
why did he scrap that instruction to enforce the waiting time target? >> well, i think the best that can be said about this performance is he -- quite rightly, he wasn't -- he wasn't thinking about politics on his honeymoon. but, look, the point i would make is waiting times. what actually matters is the time people waiting and median waiting times are down and that is what is happens in the nhs and what is -- >> order, order. i know the prime minister will be a follow of apartmentry protocol and he won't say the parliament leader misled the apartmt. >> he gave facts of waiting time are down. this is simply opposition and weak government. that's what we get from the leader. >> mr. speaker, the whole house
will note he didn't withdraw that and he's rattled about the health service. there's no wonder he's rattled about the health service because he's making a complete mess of the health service and everybody up and down the country knows that and what's the most important reason he's making a mess of the health service? because however much he says, he loves the nhs. however, many times he says it. the truth is he's got the wrong values. he wanted to put a free market free for all at the center of ourealth service. and any changes he makes now -- and any changes that he makes now are not because he wants to make the changes. but because he's been found out. mr. speaker, we know all we need to know about this prime minister from what he's done on the nhs. he breaks his promises. he doesn't think things through. he's reckless and he's got the wrong values. and i'll hand it to him. after a year, he's proved the oldest truth in politics. you can't trust the tories on the nhs.
>> this side of the house will not take lectures from a party that when in government gave 250 million pounds to private sector companies for doing nothing. that is what happened. what we've heard today is just a series of bandwagons and anyone who is actually watching this knows that it is this government that is boldly making reforms in the public sector. that is dealingith a deficit, that is reforming welfare and what do we get from the party opposite? where is his plan for the nhs. ere is nothing. where is his plan for welfare, nothing. what is his plan for education, nothing. all we get is empty opposition and weak leadership and the country can see it. >> mr. robin walker. >> thank you, mr. speaker. >> mr. robin walker. >> thank you. following the welcoming people of the pupil premium some teachers in worcestertal me d to long-term funding, the money is needed to make ends meet and
can't be spent on the people it was meant for. can th prime minister ensure that it will reform it and correct a problem that has been too wrong for too long. >> my right honorable friend makes a good point which is a serious in our country. the pupil premium, that ll put money back if schools but the problem of discrepancy of funding which actually at present you can get a difference of 1,800 pounds per pupil between the best-funded school and the worst-funded school. we want to reform the school-funding system. we want to do it in a more fair and logical way and i'm determined we'll make progress with this. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i have come here from meeting with the family of my 18-year-old constituent. he was fatally shot outside of his block of flats on monday and i'm sure the whole house will want to send their condolences
to h family. i had the similar case to the prime minister last year. and the sense of loss of life is completely and utterly unacceptle and yet it continues and rightly or wrongly there's a perception on all sides of the house we're not getting to the grip problem, which is plighting in our inner city streets. what can the prime minister give to my constituents and the country that the government can do all it can to stop this senseless loss of life? >>ell, i think the honorable gentleman is absolutely right to bring this case to the house of commons and i join with him in sending condolences to the family of his constituent for their amauling loss. he's absolutely right. the gun crime and knife crime in our country particularly in the inner city areas is unacceptable i don't think thers one single answer of course, we' got to make sure that the police do everything they can to search for guns and knives and have a zero tolerance policy and -- but we have to look where this problems are coming from.
the growth of gangs in our cities and in too many cases people are looking to gang rather than family and commuty and i think it's incumbent on all of us to try to work out to strengthen the fabric of our communities starting with our families. >> could my right honorable friend the prime minister advise me who to listen that to on the u.k.'s economic policy? should it be -- should it be the experts of the international monetary fund or should it be the lettuce page of the guardian. >> my honorable friend was being shouted down because the party opposite do not want to hear what the international monetar fund said about the british economy and they said this, strong fiscal consolidation is underway and remains essential to achieve a more substantial budgetary position. he asked me to read the rest and i will read the rest. they put the question specifically. this raises the question whether it is time to adjust macroeconomic policies. the question put by the party
opposite and they say this, the answer is no. they couldn't be more clear in backing the policies that we're pursuing to get this country back on track. >> thank you, mr. speaker. what message does the prime minister have for the hundreds of women in my constituency in their mid-50s who feel they have been unadjusty thwarted by extending the retirement age in the country to the coalition agreement? >> what i would say is this, is that the first decision was taken in 1995 when it was an all-party agreement that we should equalize men and women's pension age. and the second point i should make i think it is right to lift the pension age for men and women to a higher level more rapidly than the last government decided. but the key fact is is that 85% of the women affected are going to lose one year or less in terms of their pension. the last poi i would make because we've link joad the
pension to earnings, people who retire today will be 15,000 pounds better off than they were off the policies of the government. >> why do magistrates have to retire from the age of 70 when the lord chancellor who appoints them is 71 this year? [laughter] >> the point -- the point i would make to my honorable friend is it is important, and i speak as someone whose mother served as a magistrate for over three decades, it's important you get turnover so new people come in. and to be fair to my right honorable frie the lord chancellor he has only been in his job for a year. he's doing a superb job and there's pretty more fuel in his tank. >> the prime minister has an aspiration of making his government the greatest ever. in the meantime, proven energy,
a small wind turbine company in my constituency is making 10% of its staff redundant. not because they don't hav a great all ov united king aboutdom. will the prime minister meet with me and the members of the proven economic team to discuss how we can find a solution? >> i'm vy happy to make sure someone from the business department or indeed debt speaks with somebody of his constituency. what i would say we are planning the reform system to try to speed up these processes. we want to make sure local people benefit when turbines are built so they have a share in the success of that scheme and also the government is taking action to attract manufacturers of wind tur bipolars by putting 60 million pounds in our ports structure and personally i'm talking to those manufacturers tory to bring them to britain. >> thank you,r. speaker. not somebody affected by the
current pension proposals i would like to ask him to personally review the particular proposals because at the injustice and discrimination to women. the group of women affectewho were born between certain dates in 1953 and 1954 will be asked to work up to an extra two years over and above for which they planned for; whereas, men will only be asked to work an extra yea year. >> let me just make this point. first of all, in general the reason for raising pension ages is twofold. one is we are seeing a huge increase in life expectancy but the second point is we want to make sure we can fund really good pension fundor the future and if we won't do that, we won't be able to. let me repeat the statistic four-fifths of the women affected by these proposals will have their state pension age increased. it's difficult because the two thgsre coming together.
the equalization of the pension age and the raising of the pension age but it's enabling us to link it with earnings thus meaning that people will be 15,000 pounds better off than they were under labour's plans. >> thank you, mr. speaker. given 1200 job losses and further job losses in the private and public sector in north lincoln, wilthe prime minister meet with the task force chair and the local mp's sohat he can understand how, government can help the local economy face these demands positively and respond positively to future chlenges? >> now, i'm very happy to do that because i'm extremely disappointed as i know the honorable gentleman is and others are by the job losses. i spoke personally about this decision. i think that is highly welcomed. it's not welcomed and do
everything we can. and we can mitigate the local impact of local jobs and local communities. >> i'm sure the prime minister will agree with me when i say there should be no place for corruption in football given the re-election set fifa even further into disrepute will he voice his authority. >> personally, i've seen football governance at the international level and i wasn't that impressed by what i saw. what i would say is this, fifa's reputation is now at an all-time low and obviously the election with jt one candidate was something of a farce but it has to become more transparent and more accountable. they've got to prove that they are actually capable of doing the job that they're meant to but ultimately change has together come within football and i'm sure that the faa will want to play a very mainly role in helping bring this about.
>> thank you, mr. speaker. i love my local hospital, the heal hospital, i was delighted to see that the prime minister also thinks highly of healing hospital and chose it as a place to deliver his speech on the government's reforms. given his personal experience of the high quality of services that healing hospital provides, committee give the house an assurance that healing hospital faced with the budget pressures and merger proposals will not close or se its a & d and other items? >> i visited the house and there's no plans to close ely hospital. the maternity unit has a phased development in progress. as he knows, any proposals in terms of any hospital have to go through a proper process, sound
clinical evidence, support by the gp commissioners and support for patient choice. that is the process that has to be followed. as i say, there's no plan to close the hospital. >> thank you, mr. speaker. the prime minister will be aware that 1 in 7 couples in the u.k. suffer from infertility problems notwithstanding that fact, three-quartersf pcts do not provide the recommended three cycles of ivf treatments. will the prime minister join with me in calling on all pcts to follow the guidelines and provide sufficient treatment for infertile couples? >> i'll certainlyo that. and i think my rig horable friend is right to raise the issue that affects a huge number of people in our country and i think we all had constituency cases where people are frustrated by local guidelines so what is going to happen is the deputy chief executive of the nhs is writing to all primary care trusts reminding them of the guidance and the recommendations. i think it'sery important. ; -- of course, some have a more
difficult process to follow but we want to make everyone has access to this treatment. >> after four years, 15-year-old alice pine in my constituency is singer battle for cancer. she's posted online herucket list, a simple wish list of things she wants to see before it's too late. she wants to own a purpose ipod and enter her dog in a labrador ore but a call to make everyone to be a bone marrow donor so will he work with the leader of the opposition and me to address why too few people are on this life-saving register? >> i will certainly do that and i'm very sorry to hear about the situation facing alice and what she's going through. our thoughts go out to her and her parents. she sounds like a very brave and admirable person. we do want to get as many people on the bone marrow register. we're investing more money to
improve processing and services for nhs patients but it's partly about a cultural and population change that would need help to drive and i'm sure the leader of the opposition can discuss this. >> thank you, mr. speaker. the there was a terrible explosion at the refinery in people brook where four people died and one person was seriously injured. would the prime minister join me in their colleagues and commend the safety word of the chevron in what is a pretty difficult industry? >> i would certainly do that. this was an absolutely tragic incident and on behalf of the whole house can i join him in paying tribute to his constituents and showing us our deepest sympathies to the families who have been affected and i'm sure there is lessons to be but i think there's a good safety record in an industry which are are some really inherent risks and i'm really very happy to discuss the issue with him. >> thank you, mr. speaker.
prime minister, what does it say about our society when a bbc on child poverty ends with the wos of a child when she says, and i don't want to grow up. >> well, it says, frankly, that we need to do far more to tackle child poverty, not just here in the u.k. but also around the world and that is one of the reasons why despite difficult spending decisions we have maintained the pledge to keep the budget of and to increase the national gross income that is a difficult pledge to make but at times a difficulty we shouldn't break our promises to the poorest people in the world. in terms of child poverty here in britain, i think the biggest challenge today is notust looking at benefit levels but actually looking at mobility. how do we help people get out of poverty and stay out of poverty? that is why this government is putting so much emphasis on things like the pupil premium because it's things like that to
help people build themselves a better future. >> i have the represent the only town for the football and you understand the union code the home nations are preparing for the world cup later this year. will the prime minister join me in express gratitude despite the recent earthquake and join me in hoping that the end tournament the trophy will be making its way back home? >> well, i certainly endorse what my honorable friend says and i will do everything i can to support our rugby team. i very much hope the trophy will be coming home. calm down. i very much hope the trophy will be coming home to one of the nations of the ukite kingdom. i have to say when i met the -- when i met the prime minister of new zealand he very kindly gave me an all-black shirt but he said whatever you do, don't be seen weari this and i think
i'll take thatadvice. >> as the prime minister has previously said the quarry should go where the evidence takes it. the metropolitan police are in position of paperwork which details the dealings with criminal private investigator jonathan reese. ittrongly suggests that on behalf of news international, he was illegally targeting members of the royal family, senior politicians and high-level terrort informers. yet, the head of operation has recently written to me to explain that this may be outside -- this evidence may be outside of the terms of reference for the inquiry. prime minister, i believe powerful forces are involved in a cover-up. please, please tell me what you intend to do to make sure that doesn't happen? >> the point i'd make to the honorable gentleman i know who takes a close interest in this there's a police inquiry which doesn't need term of reference. the police are free to
investigate the evidence and take that wherever it leads them and then mount a prosecution with the cps if the evidence supports that. and in the case, which has been illegal and wrong there have been imprisonments and that's where the evidence takes them that is what will happen in the futu. they're able to look at any evidence and all evidence they can find. >> sir marcus james. >> thank you, mr. speaker. the prime minister will recall visiting the town center on several occasions. they have compare actively low level of vacant premises but our town centers are facing a vital and difficult challenge from the out of town stores and the internet. given those challenges, can my righ honorable friend assure this house that this government will be a supporter of our town centers? >> i can. and i think the honorable gentleman speaks perfully not just for on eaton but for all town centers and all of those -- all of those constituenc with vibrant town centers we want to keep those rather than see
everything go to out of town. and there's two steps we need to take. one is to make sure that local people have a real say in the planning process so they can decide where future development goes. and secondly, we should be continuing the steps which my right honorable friend the chancellor has been pioneering in terms of rate relief to help local shops in our high streets so that we don't end up with identical high streets. >> thank you, mr. speaker. the chairman of the georgian parliament is in london this weeknd he's indeed following our proceedings. some members of this hou went to george george during the recess and will he stop the violation in georgia. >> i will remember going there when the georgians were under so much pressure frothe russians and standing up with them recognizing that